Simple and Extraordinary ——Student Dormitory of Hangzhou No.2 High School Qianjiang Campus by Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University

Built against the water, quiet and gentle

Project Specs


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Qianjiang Campus of Hangzhou No.2 High School is located in QianJiang Century City, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou. The project is planned as a middle schools of 48 classes. As a 120-year-old Hangzhou No.2 High School, the design of the new campus inherits the gray bricks of Donghe campus and the red bricks of Binjiang campus. The public buildings in the core area of the new campus area are red brick buildings. The outer buildings such as the laboratory building, teaching buildings and male and female dormitories are gray bricks or colorful real stone paint buildings.

▼女生宿舍楼鸟瞰,Bird’s eye view ©章鱼见筑



At the beginning of the scheme design, the male and female dormitories were two buildings arranged in the fore and aft parallel. After listening to the school’s valuable opinions, boys and girls in high school should try to avoid mutual interference of sight and streamlines. Therefore, the male and female dormitories are placed separately. The male dormitory buildings are located in the northeast corner of the campus, which is close to sports facilities like sports fields and basketball courts. The female dormitory is located in the northwest corner of the school, and forms a campus garden with a small-scale international exchange centre on the ground floor.

Because the dormitories of boys and girls are similar in function and shape, this case focuses on the introduction of the girl’s dormitory.

▼女生宿舍楼南立面,South façade ©章鱼见筑


Architectural Layout


▼晨光下的女生宿舍楼,The building in the sun ©章鱼见筑

Considering the quiet and soft personality of girls, the dormitory building for girls is based on water. The designer’s mind depicts such a scene: the water surface covered with morning light reflects two or three students who are sitting and reading in the morning. In the evening, students return from the teaching building to the dormitory and pass through the roof floor of the International Exchange Centre.

▼傍晚国际交流中心二层屋面平台,The second floor platform of the International Exchange Center in the evening ©章鱼见筑

▼华灯初上的女生宿舍楼,The building in the first light ©章鱼见筑


Shape Generation


Unlike the traditional dormitory, a long dark corridor connects a series of bedroom unit. The design combines the terrain to divide the building into three and shift each other. A balcony is set at the turning point to allow sunlight to enter the building. Sunlight brings the temperature to the building, and design brings warmth to students. The public space at the turning point provides a place for students to communicate and do activities.

▼形体生成-1,Form generation-1 ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼形体生成-2,Form generation-2 ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼形体生成-3,Form generation-3 ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院


Each of the three distorted units has a staircase that can be independently managed vertically, providing the school with another possibility of grade partitions.

▼形体生成-4,Form generation-4 ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼形体生成-5,Form generation-5 ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院


Facade Logic


▼主入口侧墙,The wall at the main entrance ©章鱼见筑

The primary color of the building is gray, with orange-red walls on the balcony and entrance of the bedroom, providing warmth and vitality for the building, which have echoes of group buildings with the red brick buildings.

▼女生宿舍楼东北角,Northeast corner ©章鱼见筑


Taking into account the privacy considerations of adolescent girls, hanging on the balcony and the vertical slope obstructed the clothes on the balcony and the washbasin. In the meanwhile, to avoid the facade damaged by the drying clothes, the light and shadow effect produced by the slope under the sunlight gives the building a rhythmic beauty. 

▼南立面局部,South facade part ©章鱼见筑

▼女生宿舍楼东南角,Southeast corner ©章鱼见筑

▼女生宿舍楼沿街立面,Facade along the street ©章鱼见筑


Interior Space



The dormitory type is a six-person room. To avoid insufficient lighting on the side of the indoor corridor, the unit type should be compressed as far as possible, and the furniture should be compact and intensive. The indoors are composed of two sets of bunk beds, two sets of above beds and below tables and two sets of storage cabinets, which meet the accommodation requirements while considering the need of dormitory learning.

In the meanwhile, to cope with the characteristics of uniform and short time for high school students in the morning, three washbasins were designed indoors to separate from wet and dry to cope with peak usage hours.

▼寝室,Bedroom ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼寝室轴测图,Isometric of bedroom ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院


Each bedroom has a transition space between the entrance door and the corridor, which psychologically enhances students’ sense of home.

▼走廊,Corridor ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院


To enrich students’ extracurricular life, there is an activity room on the first floor of the dormitory, which is a small place for students to enhance friendship, and also a parent reception room. It provides a visiting space for visiting parents without having to enter the bedroom to disturb other students. 

▼活动室,Activity room ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院

▼宿舍楼门厅,The hall ©章鱼见筑

▼宿舍楼走廊,The corridor  ©章鱼见筑




Originally, the dormitory building was a type of building with relatively simple functions. However, after careful treatment of details, starting from the actual function, users can realize the intention of the design, which makes the dormitory as an extraordinary building.

▼女生宿舍楼西南角,southwest corner ©章鱼见筑


The regret of this project is that it is limited by the two factors of students’ accommodation number requirements not exceeding the total building area, which results in that the activity room on the north side of the connection between the three units cannot be realized and only viewing balcony can be implemented. It was initially conceived that the north space can be a multi-functional space that is convenient for students’ lives and facilitates centralized management of the school, such as a compound function room and a tea room.

▼女生宿舍楼与国际交流中心,The dormitory building and the International Exchange center ©章鱼见筑

▼建筑模型,The model ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院有限公司

▼总平面图,General layout ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院有限公司

▼标准层平面图,The standard floor plan ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院有限公司

▼南立面图,South elevation ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院有限公司

▼东立面图 剖面图,East elevation and the section ©浙江大学建筑设计研究院有限公司

设计单位: 浙江大学建筑设计研究院有限公司

Project name: Qianjiang Campus of Hangzhou No.2 High School—Female Student Dormitory
Design: The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co, Ltd (UAD)
Design year: 2015.Oct – 2016.Oct
Completion Year: 2016.Nov – 2019.Sep
Gross Built Area (square meters): 7570
Ground Floor Area (square meters): 7570
Photo Credits: zystudio
Clients: Hangzhou Educational Asset Management Center
Brands / Products Used in the Project: brick: Aiketao, colorful real stone paint: 3Tree, low-e glass: SG
Lead Architect: Xuzhuang Fan, Sun Xu
Architecture Design Team: Xuzhuang Fan, Yang Kuang, Sun Xu, Yuansheng Zhang, Kai Zhu, and Su Wang
Structural Design Team: Lei Qian, Jianzhong Kan, andJunHan
Electromechanical Design Team: Ji Chen, Guoxing Zheng, Xiaodong Ren, Guozhong Yang, Huoming Fang, Dengfeng Sun, Qinpeng Huang, Qinpeng Huang, Chunting Shao, Hang Wang, and Minjie Ye
Interior Design Team: Jingyuan Li, Yuan Zhou, Baozhen Luo, and Feng Wang
Landscape Design Team: Haojun Yao ,Jiangfu Li,and WenQiang Zhou

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